‘On Fire’ launches career of country singer from Cairo | Greene County
CAIRO – Chelsea Sulkey’s debut single is titled “On Fire”, as is her future as she broke the top 100 country charts on iTunes.
The singer, who graduated from Cairo-Durham in 2012, released her debut single on July 21 and it peaked at # 70 on the iTunes country charts.
Sulkey said she found out her song was on the charts when a member of her team called to say the song reached number 126.
“I actually didn’t even expect him to rank because most of most people’s first singles don’t make the charts,” Sulkey said.
In 2018, Sulkey won the National Taste of Country Riser competition, beating 14 finalists.
Nationwide country radio stations owned by Townsquare Media have asked local artists to submit original songs to show they are ready to break into the music business, according to the Taste of Country website.
Sulkey won the regional version of the Hometown Risers competition via Albany’s country station WGNA-FM in January 2018. Sulkey and his band performed at the 25th Annual Countryfest at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay, Maddie & Tae and rising star Carly Pearce also starred.
Sulkey moved to Nashville to pursue her music career in 2019, but was born and raised in upstate New York. Her first tour – Every Brunette Needs, starring Lyssa Coulter – was canceled due to the pandemic in 2020, so Sulkey focused on writing, according to her website.
“On Fire” was written over a year ago, Sulkey said, and although she recorded it seven months ago, she knew she wanted to release it this summer.
“I couldn’t let anyone really hear it, and I’m so anxious. I’m like, ‘I want everyone to hear it. I’m so excited.’ And I had to keep this a secret for months, ”Sulkey said.
Friend and colleague Lyssa Coulter said she has seen Sulkey persist through challenges over the past two years.
“When you move to Nashville things get really, really tough, and I kind of watched her go through that,” Coulter said. “And then when the single was done, summer came along, and it was really just a launch for her, and it was really cool to see her grow as a person and as an artist. throughout this experience. “
Sulkey said his fans back home helped him launch his career.
“I obviously want to thank everyone again, because all of my success is down to my fan base in the upstate, and I really wouldn’t have my career without them,” Sulkey said. “We did A Taste of Country a few years ago and ended up winning, and it was great, but then coming to Nashville and still being able to trace because of the people back home buying it is amazing.”
Sulkey has performed “On Fire” around Nashville and on social media, but she plans to book shows upstate. She said that for her second single, she plans to shoot content in the Catskills, as the song is about her upbringing in a small town.
Coulter said the release of “On Fire” was intended to establish a baseline for Sulkey.
“We really weren’t expecting the amount of weight the single ended up having on day one because we couldn’t push it in a specific direction. We just want to see, ‘OK, what are we doing here? What are we working with? ‘ and it ended up really taking off. And I know his fan base in New York has a lot to do with it, ”Coulter said.